Coronavirus Impact: YMCA launches program to provide critical care for essential workers’ children

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (KGO) -- With many Bay Area schools now closed until May, many frontline and essential workers are scrambling to find child care. But some organizations, such as YMCA of Silicon Valley, are now lending a hand to those who are busy fighting the Novel Coronavirus on the frontlines.

The YMCA is currently in the process of pivoting some of its facilities to serve as day camps where parents can drop off their children before they head into work. Officials recently launched a partnership with El Camino Hospital, which is located next door to the El Camino YMCA. Dozens of families are already making use of the new program.

"We do our best to kind of be that temporary escape so that they can actually be children and enjoy life and some sense of normalcy," said Roy Que-Heath, a site director for the YMCA.

Students have been split up into multiple classrooms and will stay within the same group for the foreseeable future to limit potential exposure to COVID-19. Social distancing is also required.

"It's like really hard to have playdates with friends and see them," said Palo Alto fourth-grader Mindy Plonka. "I can't even travel to my family for Passover."

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